TEMPO STORIES FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2002
The Enquirer's 17th annual Wish List
Some people are struggling with lifelong medical problems. Some have been dealt a blow by a terrible accident. Some people are old and live alone. You can help.

Music in schools on march again
School music is gradually making a comeback in public schools across Ohio, despite the challenges of proficiency testing, failed school bond issues, school redesign and the economic downturn after 9-11. Instrumental changes coming to classrooms
Music struggling in CPS, but signs of life clear
New federal law could hurt arts, music

Time to cast your Cammys vote
It's time for the "best of 2002": your list of Tristate musicians who made the best sounds.

New 'Christmas Tales' true to original
What a wonderful Christmas bonus - new Charlie Brown Christmas cartoons!

Tell us about Cinergy bashes
If you are planning an implosion bash - private or public - tell us about it.

Get to it!
A guide to help make your day.

SUNDAY PEOPLE
Designer thinks outside the box for charity
Lori Siebert is totally boxed in, but it's OK because the boxes aren't boxes. They're art.


Ladybug lady is spotted with collectibles
Who: Claudine Shank, 88, of Greenhills, a grandmother of six who answers to the nickname Ladybug.
Covington crime watchers enjoy slow season
Crime seems to be taking a holiday in Covington, and so are the crime watchers.
DAUGHERTY: Everyday
You're up at 4:30 and reach the edge of the woods before daylight. The wind is high in the trees, the stars look like snags of cotton on a black velvet cape. The world looks bigger in the dark, in the woods.
KENDRICK: Alive & Well
"So," an old friend asked me not long ago, "when should you show the disability card?"

REVIEWS
New age concert just watered world music
Saturday night's show at the Taft Theatre proved that the term new age is an umbrella for everything from Middle Eastern chants to Beatles songs to Christmas carols.


Cover girl sheds little light on `Blood'
Four stars. That's the grade Rolling Stone gave the Mary Lee's Corvette album Blood on the Tracks, one star less than the magazine awards Bob Dylan's original version.
Dickens' `Christmas Carol' raises spirits
Is it the Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol that's feeling a bit more reflective or is it me? (One of the great things about live performance is what each of us brings to our experience.)
Maestro DePriest, CSO deft, dramatic
If there was a theme at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert on Friday morning, it was one of strength, power and over-the-top drama. There was no one better to present such a program than the irrepressible James DePreist.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEMALINE: The arts
I've been making a list and checking it twice and by the most cautious estimate, downtown Cincinnati will welcome 2 million cultural visitors between March and December 2003.


Vote in our Arts Slogan competition
Cincinnati should be a cultural mecca in 2003, starting with a lengthy run of The Lion King and continuing through museum openings, public art project Bats Incredible!, Tall Stacks and Baseball as America and Vatican exhibits at Cincinnati Museum Center.
Ex-Ballet exec joins Prague contest
John Zurick, Cincinnati Ballet's executive director from 1998-2001, has been named executive director for the Prague International Ballet Competition. His Cincinnati-based ZQI Inc. will become the U.S. headquarters for the organization.
Holiday TV today

SUNDAY TASTE
Go beyond gift certificates with T-shirt, sauce or yo-yo
Since eating out seems to be everybody's favorite hobby, restaurants are logical places to look for holiday presents. Gift certificates are always popular, but logo wear and packaged food from someone's favorite restaurant might also be just the thing.


Cookbooks just the recipe for holiday gifts
Still stuck on which kitchen knife or other gadget to buy for your favorite cook? Give them a cookbook instead. Here are my favorites from 2002.
Hate doing dishes? Restaurants open for Christmas
A sampling of where to eat on Christmas Day.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Cut your own holiday tree
Our annual listing of places where you can cut your own tree, with directions and prices.
Tips keep tree fresh throughout the holidays

Trees tops for decorating
Fir or faux, whatever tree you favor, you still need lights, ornaments, a stand. To help save time and money, here's a peek down the decorations aisles.

Holiday television
As sure as presents under a tree, this season brings a new delivery of holiday TV movies.
Best of the holiday bunch: `Santa Clause' to `Christmas Story'

Holiday craft fairs and bazaars
A guide to Tristate events.

Music makes season special
Buy the wrong holiday CDs and all you can do is pull a Martha Stewart and try to shred them into expensive tinsel. Spend your money wisely - we know it's tight this year - and you will have musical fuel for your Yule for years to come.

SPECIAL
Early look at Tall Stacks 2003
Two newcomers will join the world's largest gathering of historic riverboats, when Cincinnati's Tall Stacks Music, Arts & Heritage Festival recreates the steamboat era next October.

Technology news
Our weekly guide to computers, the Web and the latest gadgets.

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